Police investigate alleged assault involving Taylor Swift’s father and paparazzi after Eras Tour finale in Australia

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    Taylor Swift (left) and her father (right).

    27th February 2024 – (Sydney) New South Wales (NSW) police are currently investigating allegations of assault involving Scott Swift, the father of renowned singer Taylor Swift, and paparazzi member Ben McDonald in Sydney. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday at the Neutral Bay wharf, shortly after the conclusion of Taylor Swift’s sold-out Eras Tour in Australia.

    According to McDonald’s account provided to Guardian Australia, Taylor Swift and her entourage were enjoying a late-night cruise on a superyacht in the harbour following her final Australian show. As Swift disembarked and walked down the wharf surrounded by her security team, McDonald claims that security personnel pushed umbrellas into his face and camera.

    After Taylor Swift entered her car, McDonald alleges that a man, later identified as Scott Swift, struck him in the face before getting into the vehicle and driving away. Initially unaware of the man’s identity, McDonald used images he had captured to identify him as Scott Swift. He promptly reported the incident to the police, and the North Shore police area command initiated inquiries. It is worth noting that McDonald did not require medical attention.

    As of now, no charges have been filed in relation to the incident. A spokesperson for Taylor Swift did not directly address the allegation against her father but stated that two unidentified individuals had aggressively approached Taylor, grabbing at her security personnel and threatening a female staff member with being thrown into the water.

    Taylor Swift concluded the Australian leg of her highly successful Eras Tour in Sydney on Monday night. Throughout her performances, she entertained her largest audience ever at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 16, followed by two additional shows in Melbourne and four shows at Sydney’s Accor Stadium, captivating an estimated 600,000 attendees over the past two weekends.